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Nicole Frey Büchel

Nicole Frey Büchel, Dr.

  • Academic Associate (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin)
+41 44 634 35 54


Nicole Frey Büchel has been a member of the English Department since March 2000. She holds the position of an Academic Associate and acts as coordinator for matters concerning the teaching of English Literature at the Zurich University of Teacher Education (PHZH).

Her main research areas include narrative Identity, literature of the 19th and 20th century, coming-of-age, and performance studies. While her Lizentiatsarbeit resulted from her stay abroad in Edinburgh and dealt with the mythical novels of the Orkney writer George Mackay Brown, her doctoral thesis Perpetual Performance – Selfhood and Representation in Byron’s Writing (2007) explores the Byronic self through a prism of modern literary theory. It aims to cast light on the different ways selfhood is constructed in literature as well as on the various conceptions of the self which lie beneath the surface of Byron’s texts.

Nicole Frey Büchel has taught a range of courses on fiction, narratology, poetry and Shakespeare at the English Department. Presently she teaches a range of courses on English literature for students of the Zurich University of Teacher Education. From 2000-2006 she was on the editorial board of Variations, the Literary Journal at the University of Zurich.

Nicole Frey Büchel is married and mother of two children. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and friends, dancing ballet and spending time outdoors.



Frey Büchel, Nicole. "The Indivisibility of Change: The Challenge of Trauma to the Genre of Coming-of-Age Narratives." IAFOR Journal of Arts and Humanities 5.1 (2018). 23-34.

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "'Indefinite, sketchy, but not entirely obliterated:' Narrative Identity in Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex." Rethinking Narrative Identity: Persona and Perspective. Eds. Claudia Holler and Martin Klepper. Studies in Narrative 17. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2013. 129-146.

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "Jugendliche brauchen Heldinnen!". Review of Kalbermatten, Manuela. Von nun an werden wir mitspielen': Abenteurerinnen in der phantastischen Kinder- und Jugendliteratur der Gegenwart. Zürich, Chronos, 2011. ph akzente 2011(18.4): 47.

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "Review of: Károly Pintér. The Anatomy of Utopia: Narration, Estrangement and Ambiguity in More, Wells, Huxley and Clarke. Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy 23. Jefferson, North Carolina and London, McFarland, 2010." Variations 19 (2011): 278-280. 

Frey Büchel, Nicole and Donna Berliner. "Prelude, or Growth of a Poet’s Mind, The, William Wordsworth (1799, 1805, 1850)." Encyclopedia of Literary Romanticism. Ed. Andrew Maunder. New York: Facts on File, 2010. 345-349. 

Frey Büchel, Nicole. Perpetual Performance: Selfhood and Representation in Byron’s Writing. Schweizer Anglistische Arbeiten 133. Tübingen: Narr/Francke, 2007.

Frey, Nicole, Thomas Hunkeler, Sabina Müller und Thomas Stein, eds. Variations 11:  Monumente.  Bern et al.: Peter Lang,  2003.

Frey, Nicole, Karl Kürtös und Sabina Müller, eds. "Editorial." Variations 9: Mythen. Bern et al.: Peter Lang, 2002.

Frey, Nicole, Sylvie Jeanneret und Thomas Stein, eds. "Editorial." Variations 7: Serien. Bern et al.: Peter Lang, 2001. 

Frey, Nicole. "The Staging of the Self as a Scene: Lord Byron as a Forerunner of Today’s Event Culture." Variations 6(2001): 69-84.

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "Review of Johanyak, Debra and Walter S.H. Lim (eds). The English Renaissance, Orientalism, and the Idea of Asia." Variations 18 (2010): 254-256. 

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "Review of Linder, Oliver (ed.). Teaching India. Heidelberg. Universitätsverlag Winter, 2008." ph akzente 2009 (16.4): 34. 

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "Review of Regula Schmid. Storytime. Teacher’s Guide / Student’s Book. Zurich: Lehrmittelverlag des Kantons Zürich, 2006." ph akzente 2007:2. 42.

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "Review of David Higgins.Romantic Genius and the Literary Magazine: Biography, Celebrity, Politics, Routledge Studies in Romanticism 6, London and New York: Routledge, 2005." Variations 14 (2006). 221-223.

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "Rezension von: Sabine Schmid. ‘Keeping the Sources Pure:’ The Making of George Mackay Brown. European Connections 7. Oxford et al.: Lang, 2003." Variations 12 (2004). 310-313.

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "Tomorrow’s Leading (Wo-)Men of British Fiction." Rezension von: Ian Jack (ed.). "Best of Young British Novelists 3" Granta 81, 2003. Variations 11 (2003). 194-195.

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "Flucht oder Utopie? – Auf der Suche nach einem anderen Leben." Rezension von: Mary W. Shelley and Percy B. Shelley. Flucht aus England: Reiseerinnerungen und Briefe 1814-1816. Herausgegeben und aus dem Englischen übersetzt von Alexander Pechmann. Hamburg, Genf und Friesland: Achilla-Presse Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2002. Variations 11 (2003). 186-187.

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "The Politics of Tragedy." Rezension von: Terry Eagleton. Sweet Violence: the Idea of the Tragic. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003. Variations 10 (2003). 249-250.

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "The Search for the Holy Grail." Rezension von: Margaret Atwood. Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Variations 10 (2003). 248-249.

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "Wohin denn Ich?" Rezension von: Richard van Dülmen (Hg.). Entdeckung des Ich: die Geschichte der Individualisierung vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart. Köln u.a.: Böhlau, 2001. Variations 9 (2002). 155-157. 

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "'Open Sesame!': The Mysteries of Russell Hoban’s Fiction Revealed.” Review of: Studer, Yvonne. Ideas Obsessions, Intertexts: A Nonlinear Approach to Russell Hoban’s Fiction. Schweizer Anglistische Arbeiten, Swiss Studies in English, 128. Tübingen, Basel: Francke, 2000.Variations 8 (2002). 156-7. 

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "Portraits of an Enigmatic Lady." Review of: Reynolds, Margaret. The Sappho Companion. London: Chatto and Windus, 2000. Variations 8 (2002). 154-5. 

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "Der blaue Raum der Romantik." Rezension von: Müller-Funk, Wolfgang. Die Farbe Blau: Untersuchungen zur Epistemologie des Romantischen. Wien: Turia und Kant, 2000.Variations 6 (2001): 188-189. 

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "Everything you Need : A Writer’s Journey from New Found Land to Paradise." Rezension von: Kennedy, A.L. Everything you Need. London: Jonathan Cape, 1999. Variations 5 (2000). 229-230. 

Frey Büchel, Nicole. "Byromania, or Early Forms of Fanaticism."  Rezension von: Wilson, Frances (ed.). Byromania: Portraits of the Artist in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Culture. Basingstoke: Macmillan Press and New York: St Martin’s Press, 1999. Variations 5 (2000): 220-221.